The current anime season is shaping up to be a surprisingly good one, with something for every fan to enjoy. One show I’m thrilled to have returned is Goblin Slayer. Let’s explore why this controversial anime is so important to anime as a whole!
Season 2 of Goblin Slayer is Here!
It’s great to have all our old friends back: Orgbolg the Goblin Slayer, Priestess, High Elf Archer, Dwarf Shaman, Cow Girl, and all the rest. There’s also a new character, Boy Wizard, a hot-headed and prideful boy who’s going to get quite an education about the dark side of adventuring in dungeons.
LIDENFILMS is animating the new season, and happily, there’s been no drop in quality, either from the previous season 1 or the Goblin’s Crown film, both done by White Fox.
Why Do Some People Hate Goblin Slayer?
To some, Goblin Slayer is a natural evolution of the traditional Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy story, but taking things to a much darker place. We’re not all 14 years old anymore. In this world, when goblins overpower female adventurers in a dark dungeon, they don’t kill them outright but use them for sex, impregnating them to create more goblins. Considering that dark themes of sexual violence appear in every other fictional medium, from novels to mainstream movies and shows like Game of Thrones, it’s natural that anime should be free to explore them, too. Right?
Not so fast. According to certain people on the Internet, Goblin Slayer is “a power fantasy that pretends to be a discussion of the darker facts of life, using rape as an easy tool to make us hate the main villain, the goblins.” And it “uses rape the way Michael Bay uses explosions.” Like any other modern anime, these fans write off the show as being “mid.”
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We all have our opinions, of course, but I like Goblin Slayer just fine. It’s not doing anything particularly new, telling a safe story about adventurers working through the local adventuring guild to take assignments, get experience and rise in level. The characters can be flat as an anvil at times, each doing exactly what their race/character class calls for and little else, but there’s a comfort in a story that stays in its lane, too.
Six Reasons Why Goblin Slayer Is Great
It’s a story of pure evil. There’s nothing more evil than horrid goblins who steal females so they can impregnate them to make more goblins. Goblin Slayer’s lifelong quest to defeat these creatures is super fun to watch.
The shock value. Any show that can explode onto the scene with its first episode like this one did, is doing something right. We’re attracted to anime because it tells stories involving characters we feel an emotional connection to. And what could be more emotional than the horrors we witness from episode 1?
Classic dungeon adventuring. Anyone who’s wasted hours with their friends playing Dungeons & Dragons will love that Goblin Slayer goes out of its way to re-create the fun of a party of adventurers, each bringing different skills to the table, as they clear each dungeon room of enemies. The combat in the show is also faithful to classic dungeon fighting. I especially love how Goblin Slayer is strong, but not ridiculously overpowered, and he needs the other members of his party to survive.
Characters grow and change. Despite some fans criticizing the show for having one-dimensional characters, I’ve seen many amazing scenes that flesh the characters out. Like Goblin Slayer and Cow Girl trying to come to terms with the tragedy that happened in their village many years ago. Or Boy Wizard, who wants to avenge his sister’s death.
Sexy visual fan service. Yes, there are more than a few boob-jiggling moments. And yes, the core structure of the story is the harem formed around the main character. But the “plot” doesn’t interfere with the story’s plot. Since we’re no longer children, we’re allowed to stay up past our bedtime and watch whatever anime we want to watch. Anyone who doesn’t want fan service can choose one of the other 60+ new anime series airing this season.
Great Waifus and…Great Lips? The girls in the show are all great. And once you notice their luscious, delicate lips, you can’t stop thinking about them.
It goes against the grain. In a world where so much of the media we consume has passed through an ideas filter, an anime that features dark themes including sexual violence certainly stands out. I think fans like us should go out of our way to support the show, so we can get more dark anime for adults in the future!
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